It is not uncommon for people in Florida to marry someone who already has children. When this happens, that person becomes a stepparent. It is a difficult job to take on because it requires being an active part of a child's life, one whom the person may not know too well. Luckily, there have been many people who have taken on such a role and have offered some helpful advice to new stepparents.
WebMD suggests one of the first steps a stepparent should take is to ensure he or she is involved with the children's parents. This means being included in conversations about raising and disciplining them, as well as school and other issues involving the child. When parents and stepparents work as a team, it creates a better environment for the child because it create a uniformity in the rules. Another important piece of advice is for a stepparent to not overwhelm the child. Sometimes a stepparent can be too nice and too enthusiastic. The process will take time, so it is important to not try to rush it by trying too hard.
Kids Health further notes that when it comes to stepchildren, they should never be treated differently. Sometimes a stepparent will treat stepchildren much differently than his or her own kids. This can create resentment and a divide in the household. Finally, a blended family should create new traditions that are unique and help them to bond as a family. This is something a stepparent could instigate to help get closer to stepchildren.